Marion, Ind. – No. 10 Oregon Tech will play the Saints of Siena Heights (Mich.) today at 12:30 pm (Pacific) (This is a two hour delay) in NAIA Opening Round at Indian Wesleyan University at Wildcat Field the Owls won the coin toss Sunday night and will be the home team.
All of Oregon Tech’s games will be broadcast live locally on 104.3 and 960 Sports with the listen live link here with Michael Garrard providing the play by play.
About Siena Heights (Mich.) They won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) postseason tournament to earn the automatic qualifier to the Opening Round. The Saints finished third in conference play with a record of 16-6 behind first place finisher Madonna University (18-4) and Lawrence Tech (16-5-1). The Saints head into the Opening Round on a six-game win streak and will be making their first ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Siena Heights is led by WHAC Player of the Year Ashley Helmink and All-Conference Pitcher Racquel Ward. Helmink led Siena with a .464 average with 10-home runs, 59-RBI, 9-triples and 25-doubles. Ward was 18-8 on the year with a 2.43 ERA with 109 strike-outs in 190 innings pitched.
Out of the Crossroads League, the host school Indiana Wesleyan University (42-13-1) is the No.2 seed and was ranked at No.13 in the final NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Oregon Tech (40-15) is the No.1 seed in the Bracket as the Owls stayed at the No.10 spot in this week’s Coaches’ Poll. The rest of the bracket consists of No. 3 seeded Central Baptist (Ark.) (33-13) out of the American Midwest Conference and the No.4 seed Siena Heights (Mich.) (36-17) from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Both Central Baptist and Siena Heights ended the regular season in the receiving votes category in the Top 25 poll.
The champions from each of the 10 opening round tournaments will advance to the double-elimination 39th annual NAIA Softball World Series being held for the first time at Killian Sports Complex in Springfield, MO.
NAIA National Championship Opening Round – Indiana Wesleyan University – Wildcat Field
(All Times listed are Pacific Time)
Monday, May 13
Game 1 – 10:00 AM: #2 Indiana Wesleyan vs. #3 Central Baptist
Game 2 – 12:30 PM: #1 Oregon Tech vs. #4 Siena Heights
Tuesday, May 14
Game 3 – 8:00 AM: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4 – 10:30 AM: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 5 – 1:00 PM: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Wednesday, May 15
Game 6 – 8:00 AM: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – Championship Game
Game 7 – 10:30 AM: If necessary